blog Time Hath Found Us: Assisted Suicide Bill in Calif. Legislature

June 01, 2005

Assisted Suicide Bill in Calif. Legislature

The flying monkeys of the California state legislature are at it again. Like a scene from The Wizard of Oz, those mindless minions of political correctness are bent on expediting the death of the hopeless and the helpless. All is not lost, however, disability rights groups are rallying to 'liquidate' the legislation.

In an article published at Lifenews.com, Steven Ertelt writes:

Disability rights groups in California have come out against legislation that would make the state only the second in the nation to legalize assisted suicide. They say the measure would encourage disabled people to kill themselves rather than seeking helpful medical care of pain management.

Cheryl Bergan, a public policy analyst with the California Foundation for Independent Living Centers, said she thinks Assembly Bill 654 is severely flawed.

"The problem is you can't make mistakes," she told the Record-Bee newspaper. "If someone dies, you can't go back and say, 'Let's fix that.'"

The bill includes some "safeguards"

Under the measure, two doctors much [sic] agree that the patient has six months or less to live, that the patient is competent to make the decision, and both physicians must submit reports to the state health department.

The patient must make two oral requests to [be] allowed to kill himself and one written one.

Yup, those are sure some iron-clad safeguards. Let's see just how difficult it could be to 'get helped along' in California.

1. "two doctors must agree that the patient has six months or less to live." -- Not terribly difficult to find two doctors to agree on that, especially from two doctors working in a hospice. I am sure that many of you reading this post have been told or know someone who has been told they have a limited time to live only to have the prediction turn out to be very wrong.

2. "the patient is competent to make the decision." -- It seems that shouldn't be much of a problem. In fact, my bet is that since it is so difficult to certify that someone is competent to decide to want to be hydrated and fed, certifying that one wants to die should be a snap.

3. "both physicians must submit reports to the state health department." -- Great! Get the bureaucracy involved. There is plenty of accountability and compassion there. There would be no problem getting the kill order rubber-stamped.

4. My personal favorite: "The patient must make two oral requests to be allowed to kill himself and one written one" -- That translates to Michael Schiavo swearing twice that Terri said she wanted to die followed up with a PhotoShop generated document. Easy!

The point of my flippancy is just to emphasize how utterly ridiculous this bill is. It would be easier to get killed in a California hospital that it would be to get healed.

"The problem is you can't make mistakes. If someone dies, you can't go back and say, 'Let's fix that.'"



ACTION: Contact Governor Schwarzenegger and urge opposition to assisted suicide.
State Capitol Bldg.
Sacramento, CA 95814
phone: 916-445-284
fax: 916-445-4633
email: governor@governor.ca.gov

Related web sites:
California Pro-Life Council - http://www.californiaprolife.org
Euthanasia.Com - http://www.euthanasia.com
International Anti-Euthanasia Task Force - http://www.iaetf.org
Citizens United Against Euthanasia (CURE) - http://mysite.verizon.net/cureltd/index.html

Cross Posted at: Truth And Action